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Is fluoride safe? And is commercial toothpaste necessary to keep your mouth clean + healthy? I always thought so. But how did people care for their teeth before this modern potion was invented? It’s worth taking the time to research what we’re putting in our mouths (at least) twice per day.
All my life, I’ve thought that without flouride (one main ingredient in toothpaste), my teeth would basically rot and fall out of my head (a bit extreme, but still). Let’s look at some flouride research to find out more. Much of my research comes from the documentary “Our Daily Dose.”
Is Fluoride Safe? Some interesting facts:
It is not a known nutrient. When I found this out, it seriously baffled me! I have always been under the impression that fluoride was a necessary nutrient for our bodies, like a mineral or a vitamin of sorts. It is totally unnecessary for human development!
It is a drug. it was added to water for the sole purpose of preventing and treating a disease, namely tooth decay. A drug is defined as anything administered to treat a disease. What happened to informed consent? We are being given this drug in daily doses with NO SAY in the matter, which contradicts basic medical practices. The 14th Amendment states that all Americans have the fundamental right to refuse medical treatment. Water fluoridation goes expressly against this right!
It is an industry waste product. Hexafluorosilicic Acid (HFSA) is the name for the fluoride chemical added to our public water supply – which includes trace amounts of arsenic and lead. Regular household water filters do not filter out fluoride! We purchased a special filtration system with fluoride/arsenic attachments that get rid of fluoride. It’s called a Berkley and we loooooove it. Get it here.
It is not generally consumed worldwide. In fact, 97% of western European countries do not fluoridate! The decline in tooth decay from the 1970s to 2000, which is attributed to fluoride consumption, was the same in countries who did not use fluoride! Could the decline in tooth decay be attributed to another factor, such as better oral hygiene practices? I would say so.
It is a known endocrine disruptor. This has a negative effect on the thyroid gland, which regulates weight, fertility, brain development, and energy levels. In fact, 23 million Americans are on drugs to aid thyroid function – coincidence??
Obviously a great way to reduce fluoride is a water filtration system, but fluoride-free toothpaste is important as well. Do this first if you can’t afford a special filter right now.
Why I This Love Homemade Toothpaste Recipe with Bentonite Clay
Needless to say, I’m totally over commercial toothpaste! I tried a recipe with coconut oil which was okay, but the one I’m using now rocks! The star ingredient is bentonite clay. You may be thinking “Hold on now – clay to clean my teeth? Isn’t that dirt?” Not quite.
Bentonite clay is a special indian healing clay which provides necessary minerals to the body. According to Wellness Mama,
Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Get it here!
I love the fact that this clay helps to pull the toxins out of my mouth while remineralizing! This recipe has the nice texture of “regular” toothpaste I am used to. The recipe also includes real salt, stevia, and essential oils. I use this stevia and this orange oil too.
My husband and I love the peppermint for its freshness and my boys are fans of the orange flavor. According to my three-year-old, the peppermint is “too spicy” 🙂 . This is great for littles because there are no concerns about swallowing. Since the toothpaste switch, my mouth feels super clean and my husband says my breath is even fresher than before ;). Tiffany also has a lemon flavor and she has recently posted a cinnamon flavor on her site here.
UPDATE: I recently heard that bentonite clay can pull out the toxins from metal for those with silver fillings. Since I didn’t want toxic metals leaching out into my mouth when I brush, I sadly gave up the clay toothpaste. I’m not sure if it would actually be harmful, but I want to be on the safe side. If you have no silver fillings, you’re good to go with this awesome recipe.
Right now, I use and love the Dr. Bronner’s non-toxic toothpaste, it’s a great alternative.
If you try the recipe, comment below and tell me what you think!
If you enjoy DIY recipes, here’s my favorite resource for them: The Everyday Roots Book. It’s over 400 pages of remedies for most minor ailments, plus DIY home & beauty products. I’ve never seen a resource this comprehensive for DIY recipes and remedies, and believe me, I’ve looked. The author, Claire, runs a really successful remedies website and is considered one of the top experts. I love having this book on hand whenever I need a quick remedy, and I can’t wait to try some of the salves and lotion recipes. Check out the Everyday Roots book here!
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What’s your oral care routine? Any toothpaste recipes to share?